“Downton Abbey” (PBS) can be seen each Sunday evening at 9/8 p.m. on “Masterpiece.” Last night's episode on Feb. 16, 2014 was called “4/7.” It means season 4 & episode 7. The over night TV ratings are not available.
“Downton Abbey” has a 24 character ensemble cast. Here are five of them, Hugh Bonneville (Robert, Earl of Grantham), Maggie Smith (Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham), Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley), Elizabeth McGovern (Cora, Countess of Grantham) & Joanne Froggatt (Anna Smith Bates).
“4/7” opened with Lady Mary & Tom Branson inspecting their pig farm. Isobel visits Lady Violet who has recovered from a recent illness. They talk politics. Lady Rose is secretly calling her boyfriend Jack Ross. Lady Edith is paranoid about being pregnant with Michael Gregson's baby. Phyliss Baxter asks questions of Molesley about John & Anna Bates, so she can report back to Thomas Barrow.
Lady Mary gave Lord Gillingham her permission to stay over at Downton on his trip back. Anna finally confides that it was Gillingham's driver, Mr. Green, who raped her. She asks Mary to promise not to do anything. Anna is afraid that John might do something violent & go back to jail. She doesn't want to lose him & risks her own emotional plus physical state to protect him. She loves him that much.
Alfred left Downton to go to Chef school in London & had written a letter to Ivy. His father had died & asked Ivy in that letter to marry him. She wants to go to London, but not sure she wants to marry Alfred. Tom goes to town with Isobel & catches Lady Rose meeting Jack Ross in a restaurant.
Molesley confesses to Phyliss that the workers downstairs don't like Thomas Barrow because he is gay. But, he says that it would be alright if she is fragile for not dealing with others. (It is almost an insinuation that it's okay she might be lesbian for being a friend of Thomas).
John Bates makes a trip into the town of York for a full day. Mr. Green had told him earlier that he lived in York. Lady Mary asks Lord Gillingham to fire Mr. Green who later turns up dead.
Was Mr. Green murdered or was it an accident? Does Lady Rose's secret of dating Jack Ross get out? Will Ivy accept Alfred's proposal of marriage? Why does Lady Rosamund ask Lady Edith to leave Downton with her? - You can watch the full episode of “4/7” at the official website of “Downton Abbey.”